The other day, Esther came up in my daily Bible reading. It’s such a great story.
I do love the poetic justice in it. It’s so perfectly plotted. Haman is not only punished for his attempts to kill the Jews in general and Mordecai in particular, but he is punished in a way that fits perfectly with his actions. It’s not only justice; it’s satisfying justice.
And it doesn’t happen all at once. Because it’s a short little book, it feels like all the events follow immediately after each other, but they don’t. It starts in the third year of Ahasuerus’ reign and ends in the twelfth year of his reign. It took a decade for the plans for protecting the Jews to be brought to fruition.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what God is doing with difficult things in our lives and in the world around us. Maybe that’s because they’re part of a ten year plan. Or a fifty year plan. Or an eternity plan. Maybe they’re part of something that’s mainly about someone else.
When you can’t see what God is doing, that doesn’t mean he’s not working. Perhaps you’ll look back years later and have a better view, or perhaps someone else will be able to see it. Regardless, God is working on poetic justice – and poetic rewards – both in your life and in the world.